LOL: 2012 Without The Special Effects

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Remember that clip from Roland Emmerich‘s upcoming epic disaster movie 2012, where John Cusack saves his family and ridiculously outruns an earthquake in a limo while almost all of Los Angeles is turned to dust around him? White Colours Studio has decided to reedit the five minute clip but remove the “distracting” special effects so that we can just focus on the performances. Watch the one and a half minute edit after the jump.
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“California is going down!”

Last night between 10:50 and 11:00 p.m., Columbia Pictures apparently executed the largest American media roadblock ever, airing a 2-minute clip from 2012 on the major broadcast networks, local stations in the top 70 markets, and nearly 450 television stations in North America. The projected television audience alone for this project was 110 million, which I found staggering for its sheer audacity. Subsequently, the conclusion of that scene can be viewed in an almost-5-minute long clip on the internet, which you can catch after the break.

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A few new clips slipped by us right as last week ended at the holiday weekend began. Well, two of them slipped by, and I hedged on posting the clip from Survival of the Dead at first because it’s fairly lousy, and that makes me sad. See all three (or whichever ones you choose) after the break. Read More »

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Hey guys, I’m in a little coffee shop in Telluride center, and I thought I’d do a quick post before my festival adventure gets started. A bunch of new movie posters have hit the interwebs today, including: Bad Lieutenant, Where The Wild Things Are, 2012 and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Head after the jump to check them out.

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2012: Three New Disaster-Filled Posters

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Sony has released three new posters/banners for Roland Emmerich‘s new disaster film 2012. Say what you will about Emmerich, or his films, but I’m really digging the intense over-the-top ridiculous destruction pictured in this new art. Take a better look after the jump.

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2012 Japanese Trailer

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It must be trailer week at Sony Pictures International. Yesterday they released an international trailer for Zombieland, and today they’ve released a new Japanese trailer for Roland Emmerich‘s new disaster flick 2012. It might start off similar to the previously released domestic trailer, but about half way through we begin to see a lot of scenes and sequences we haven’t seen before. We also begin to learn more about the story — where are the main characters going? How will they survive? The countdown clock is introduced.

To be honest with you, I’m more excited for this film than I should be. Yes, I’m not expecting a great movie, or even a good story, but the sequence we saw at Comic-Con with a limo outrunning an earthquake was so ridiculous, yet fun in all the ways that Transformers 2 should have been, but wasn’t. Check out the new Japanese trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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I’m still trying to post some of the video clips that, for whatever reason, weren’t posted over the weekend. At the Sony panel, Roland Emmerich premiered a 4 minute sequence from the beginning of his new disaster film 2012, which involves the main characters outrunning an earthquake in a limo. The scene is so over the top ridiculous, but awesome at the same time. I recorded a video blog with Adam Quigley and Russ Fischer, which you can watch after the jump.

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Director Roland Emmerich has forgotten more about destruction than you or I will ever know. With films like Godzilla, Independence Day, and The Day After Tomorrow, he’s proven he has a knack for spectacular visuals and thrilling destruction sequences. His new film, 2012, might be the logical culmination of his career up until this point, a disaster movie that attempts to depict the end of all things through a variety of natural disasters.

I had the opportunity to speak with Emmerich at San Diego Comic-Con 2009. We chatted about the characters in his films (past and present), his use of miniatures vs. CGI, and how he came up with the staging for some of his disasters. I also asked him whether or not he had seen this parody video from our friends at io9, which re-cut the 2012 trailer to look like a 70s exploitation film. Hit the jump to find out the answer and to see the full interview.

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MNU District 9 truck

After arriving in San Diego, I’ve been enjoying the Gaslamp district before it gets over-run with comic, television and movie geeks (oh, and Twilight fanatics too). I’ve noticed a couple things around the convention center that I thought was worth sharing. Above is a photo of the MNU truck on one side of the Convention Center (near the Marriott). After the jump we have more, as well as some viral billboards for 2012 in the Gaslamp area.

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VOTD: 2012: It’s A Disaster!

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Let’s face it, Roland Emmerich‘s 2012 is nothing more than disaster porn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see Earth fall apart on the big screen, but I’m not going to see this movie for the story or the characters. Its pure computer generated spectacle. Someone decided to reedit the 2012 trailer using 70’s-era titles and Grindhouse-like music. Watch the re-edited trailer after the jump.
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